July 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm #104864
I’m listening to Neil Pasricha, author of “The Book of Awesome,” at the Next Generation of Government Summit.And I feel inspired to see if we as a GovLoop community can come up with 1,000 awesome things about government – could be reasons why we work in government, awesome things happening at your agency, good things that government has accomplished over time (not just in US but anywhere, anytime), cheers for our colleagues and co-workers who are doing awesome things, whatever’s awesome – big and small…Sky’s the limit!Are you up to the challenge?Let’s do it!
July 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm #105000
July 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm #104998
Going to the moon
July 7, 2010 at 7:57 pm #104996
Interstate highway system
July 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm #104994
The Military – for all of the services they provide and give to our country
July 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm #104992
July 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm #104990
Technology standards that make so many of our products possible from NIST
International Trade Administrations successful effort to create a Safe Harbour agreement with the EU regarding data laws, so small companies can do business internationally at a lower cost.
Popular Baby Names on SSA.gov
July 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm #104988
Protection of the rights of millions of people.
July 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm #104986
A platform for unity
July 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm #104984
Free Smithsonian Museums
Dedicated NIH Doctors Conducting Research in Exotic, Deadly Diseases
Federal Buildings LIke the US Capitol and Monuments
Embassies as Safe Havens for Americans in Need
Americorps Volunteers Serving Those in Need
FDIC Insurance for Bank Accounts
Social Security Benefits
Coast Guard Rescues
Secret Service Protection for the President
First Lady Michelle Obama
National Parks and Forests
Protection of Endangered Species
I could go on, but I’ll let others add to the list
July 7, 2010 at 10:57 pm #104982
29. Public Defenders
30. Homeless Shelters
31. City, County, Regional Parks
32. Aircraft Carriers are awesome
July 8, 2010 at 12:23 am #104980
33. Despite the amount of interns (including myself) entering the government who are unclear about their role or how to manage their career, we persist. We endure. We succeed.
34. Our ability to unite to a larger mission across agencies, aside from our differences, despite the negative public opinions, in an effort to make our country better for us all.
July 8, 2010 at 3:18 am #104978
35. The clandestine service – thats stuff is pretty AWESOME
36. Awesome mentors/ managers who are willing to bridge the generational divide to get things done in government!
July 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm #104976
37. National Institute of Standards and Technology
38. NIH and government health research
39 The CDC – helping to keep us safe and healthy
July 8, 2010 at 12:24 pm #104974
37. Education grants, loans, and subsidies
July 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm #104972
July 8, 2010 at 1:20 pm #104970
41. Civil Service Employment system
42. Research and Development
43 Disaster support
July 8, 2010 at 1:28 pm #104968
44. Paved roads
47. Clean water supply
48. 50 united states (thanks Abe, we were worried about the South for a while)
July 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm #104966
50 –First Amendment – Establishment Clause, Free Exercise Clause; freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly; right to petition
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
51 — Second Amendment – Militia (United States), Sovereign state, Right to keep and bear arms.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
52 — Third Amendment – Protection from quartering of troops.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
53 — Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
54 — Fifth Amendment – due process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, eminent domain.
No person shall be held to answer for any capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
55 — Sixth Amendment – Trial by jury and rights of the accused; Confrontation Clause, speedy trial, public trial, right to counsel
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district where in the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
56 — Seventh Amendment – Civil trial by jury.
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
57 — Eighth Amendment – Prohibition of excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishment.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
58 — Ninth Amendment – Protection of rights not specifically enumerated in the Constitution.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
59 — Tenth Amendment – Powers of States and people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
60 — Fourteenth Amendment — All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
July 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm #104964
The American flag
July 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm #104962
All those who see it as their mission to protect our rights and freedoms at all costs including their own lives. This includes many branches, agencies and services throughout. Some we know about and some we don’t especially those who have the mundane jobs that are needed to protect our rights and freedoms rather than those who are consider James Bond-esque.
How about the Founding Fathers? There were some cool dudes with vision, passion and sacrifice!
July 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm #104960
The possibility of Statehood for Puerto Rico
July 8, 2010 at 2:59 pm #104958
Developing polices and standards that keep the flying public safe
July 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm #104956
The worldwide community of public servants you get to interact and hang out with!!
July 8, 2010 at 3:15 pm #104954
67- GSA – The Federal Government’s Business Manager
July 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm #104952
Ellen S. BlissParticipant
The passion of feds for the work they do
July 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm #104950
safe drinking water
July 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm #104948
70 – Bike paths (including the new one down Pennsylvania Avenue- quite an impressive ride!)
71-Security (including our security badges to get into any building)
72-The ability, as government workers, to attend a lot of Awesome conferences including the Gov 2.0 and the Next Gen Summit
73-So much individual freedom that we take it for granted!
July 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm #104946
Debra L FryarParticipant
Interstate Highway system
July 8, 2010 at 3:26 pm #104944
taking care of pretty much everything you touch from the time you leave a private home or business to the time you re-enter a private home or business (and a lot of the things within, too, like the infrastructure that supports power, water, internet, etc).
July 8, 2010 at 3:48 pm #104942
opportunity to be of service to the public
July 8, 2010 at 4:24 pm #104940
I think we’re duplicating a few at this point. that does mean we’re doubly awesome, right?
77. Air traffic controllers and planes *not* crashing into each other
July 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm #104938
The fact that libraries are so, so, so online.
July 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm #104936
Making our communities a better place to live every day!
July 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm #104934
Brianna E. AzzaraParticipant
Freedom to be innovative.
July 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm #104932
July 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm #104930
Inspiring Team America – World Police http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_America_World_Police
July 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm #104928
Dr. John HudsonParticipant
** For retired service members – the opportunity to continue serving our country
** promoting world peace and freedom
** connecting w/people like you!
July 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm #104926
The freedom to criticize our government without being imprisoned.
The fantastic way we feel when we hear our national anthem
Providing care and protection to our most vulnerable
Not giving up or throwing in the towel when times are tough
July 9, 2010 at 5:35 am #104924
Meagan L. PriorParticipant
Federal Acquision Regulations
Transparency in procurement
Small business support
July 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm #104922
I’ve lost track of the count as have other posters, but I think it safe to say we are around 100. Someone mentiond “libraries” meaning public libraries but I’ll add one of my specific favorites:
100 The Library of Congress (including its great tour)
101 The dinning room in the Capital
July 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm #104920
State Department for promoting the US policy overseas
July 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm #104918
Dropping an f-bomb in an auditorium full of awesome young government leaders
July 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm #104916
…and nary a gasp was heard 🙂
July 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm #104914
July 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm #104912
106 Government architecture
July 11, 2010 at 5:07 am #104910
July 12, 2010 at 3:02 pm #104908
Protecting national treasures – from national parks to buildings
Dwight Ike – Look him up (hat tip Bill Eggers)
Tackling the biggest problems facing our nation
Turning DC from a swamp into a cool city
July 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm #104906
July 13, 2010 at 11:35 am #104904
Hi. My name is Alvitta Leffall. I am not with a government agency as of yet, but I am still applying. I think that the government is GREAT because of the people. I have several friends that work for USAID and I am amazed with the quality of programs and policies that they develop and implement that address the needs of people around the world. Whether HIV/AIDS, Malaria of even colaborative efforts, the level of professionalism, knowledge and commitment is impressive.
July 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm #104902
Daylight Savings Time
The sweet fountain at the WWII Memorial
Alternate Work Schedules (AWS days!)
July 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm #104900
– The FDR Memorial
– The New Deal
July 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm #104898
July 16, 2010 at 6:45 pm #104896
July 17, 2010 at 3:46 pm #104894
120. Im in Spain and my girlfriends mom boyfriend told me how he grew up on American cheese that we shipped to Spain after WWII.
121. Big fan of SBA and how america spends a lot of time and effort in fostering small business and entrepreneurship
July 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm #104892
122. Fire Fighters!
124. Help for the needy
July 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm #104890
Improving our understanding of our home planet.
Being conscious of public opinion, but not not at the mercy of it.
July 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm #104888
126 (or so) WPA support for artists, writers, poets etc. during the Great Depression
July 29, 2010 at 1:50 am #104886
Federal Parks and federally protected lands
Environmental Protection Agency and environmental regulations
Hazardous Material management programs, all of them in the different services
Closed-Loop Oil Recycling
Navy is testing Green Jet Fuel made from algae (it meets AF standards)
And on a personal note…the government has given me a job for 26+ years. When I was RIF’d, with 7 years in, during “right-sizing” (just before the first BRAC round), I was called by HR after 5 weeks and offered a job in the Environmental Office and they would train me (I was previously an Electronics Tech) at my old pay grade. That opened up a whole new career for me and I will always be grateful for that.
August 3, 2010 at 3:21 pm #104884
Vaccinations that have eliminated some diseases and limited the spread of others.
August 5, 2010 at 12:31 pm #104882
Lenn Paotinlen ChonglouiParticipant
October 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm #104880
November 15, 2010 at 12:06 am #104878
November 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm #104876
138. USPS Forever stamps
December 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm #104874
I do love those stamps
December 11, 2010 at 4:58 am #104872
more paid holidays than outside corporate world
March 17, 2011 at 11:40 pm #104870
March 17, 2011 at 11:42 pm #104868
Keeping the King of England out of your face
March 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm #104866
Thank goodness someone mentioned stamps and the incredibly efficient (it’s true) US Post Office. Letter from DC to LA in 3 days for under $.50? Common, pretty cool!
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